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Litigation Star


New York

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Avi Israeli represents corporate, financial, and individual clients in complex commercial disputes concerning contracts, securities, financial instruments, business torts, and bankruptcy in federal and state court litigation and arbitrations. 

With a focus on securities-related disputes and large-scale litigation, Avi has played a prominent role in several of the firm’s notable engagements. Avi currently represents, among others, HSBC in cases that seek to recoup billions of dollars in losses resulting from the residential mortgage crisis, a Facebook co-founder in numerous actions related to a dispute with an investment advisor and various individuals arising out of investments in Facebook stock, and the government-owned investment fund AIMCo, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as securities intermediary, in a series of innovative cases against life insurers concerning improper Cost of Insurance rate increases, where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Avi and his team secured several important wins in these COI cases, including defeating defendant Transamerica’s summary judgment motion, ensuring defendants will be held to account. He also recently served as lead trial counsel representing former directors of the now bankrupt Liquid Holdings Group in a securities fraud class action and an adversary proceeding that asserted claims against the directors for breach of fiduciary duties. Avi and his team secured dismissal of both actions. 

Among other accolades, Avi was recently recognized as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by The National Law Journal and was named to the first-ever Euromoney Legal Media Group Rising Stars shortlist in the Best in Litigation: Securities category. 

Before joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Avi was a litigation associate at Jones Day and at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, and clerked for the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. 

Key Practice Areas:

  • Banking + Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business & Commercial
  • Securities 

Year Joined Firm:


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J. D.)
  • University of Arizona (B.A.) 

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Updated Aug 2023